Microsoft's Surface Pro has been the market leader for a long time in detachable laptops. Its flagship laptop, the Surface Pro 3, has remained unbeaten in this category ever since its launch. But the status quo seems to have changed now with the introduction of the Lenovo X12 Detachable laptop. The laptop has an 11 generation Intel Core i5 with 16 MB RAM, a 512GB SSD and a screen size of 12.3 inches with an HD resolution of 1920 x 1280. The laptop comes with a detachable keyboard along with the Active Pen, both of which are not offered by Surface Pro 7 and come as extras.
The Lenovo ThinkPad design has been preserved by X12, with its classical all-black look and thick bezels with hints of red. ThinkPads are characteristically made of magnesium alloy that makes it weight light and also gives it durability. Although Surface Pro 7 is made of the same materials, it has a cold metallic surface compared to Lenovo's warm-touch, making the latter more inviting and comfortable to work with. Both laptops' size is eerily close with a Lenovo's thickness and weight at 0.34 inches and 1.67 pounds and Surface's thickness and weight at 0.33 inches and 1.7 pounds. From the look of it, Lenovo seems to have gone for creating a more cost-effective alternative to Surface Pro by signalling to users that it looks the same, feels better and costs lighter. Compared to the sleek designs of Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre x360 14, both Surface Pro and Lenovo X12 have thick bezels, giving both a classical 2000's look.
When it comes to performance, the Lenovo X12 comes with a Core i5-1130G7 CPU that is a bit slower and cooler than other 2-in1 convertible options. Although excellent for average productivity as is required in the office, if users need extensive work from a laptop such as playing games, maybe Lenovo isn't the best option available.
The screen size of the Lenovo X12 is 12.3 inches which is the same as Surface Pro, but the former's resolution at 1920 x 1280 is smaller than Surface Pro's at 2736 x 1824. But both of them are HD quality and do not show a lot of difference on such a small screen. The colour options given by Lenovo's screen is more comprehensive and more precise, which makes the screen esthetically more pleasing despite the lower resolution.
The detachable keyboard is part of the whole package under the same price but is smaller than the usual ThinkPad design, and this makes the typing more brusque and accurate. The ThinkPad X12 also comes with its trademark TrackPoint button in the middle of the keyboard. X12 also includes an Active Pen (also included in the price) with the pressure sensitivity of 4096 levels, stable inking but less sharp than Surface Pro due to its smaller resolution.
The battery life is around 8 hours for moderate usage and 11 hours for easy use. Lenovo ThinkPad X12 detachable is an excellent laptop with guaranteed durability and a top-of-the-line architecture.